Acinetobacter, known since the first Iraq war, is a group of bacteria for which there is little treatment and which has now spread around the globe and very quickly develops antibiotic resistance. Its mechanisms of infection are largely unknown, which is why it presents such enormous challenges to both science and healthcare providers. The Research Unit "Adaptation and Persistence of the Emerging Pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii" brings together microbiologists, medical microbiologists, biochemists, structural biologists and bioinformatics scientists to investigate the bacterium's infection process and mechanisms. The group aims to obtain fresh insights in infection biology, which could be crucial in the clinical control of the bacterium. The study of Acinetobacter is also of fundamental interest in medical microbiology, because virulence factors known from other bacteria are not present in Acinetobacter.
(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Volker Müller, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)